The Inov-8 X-Talon 190 is a natural, soft ground trail running shoe designed for a neutral foot motion, ideal for racing or minimal training.


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Get low, get fast in the X-Talon 190. With its low ride height, this shoe puts your foot close to the tread for a stable foot position. The X-talon 190 is super flexible and has gnarly tread to provide sure-footed traction over loose terrain, while a water-resistant upper protects you from the elements. So whether you seek a high performance trail racer or a minimalistic daily trail animal, grab the X-Talon 190 and you are sure to be satisfied.

Sizing Note: Men's sizes only. Women should subtract 1.5 sizes from their women's shoe size. Example: Women's 8 equals size 6.5 for this shoe.

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Weight: 7.8 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (18mm), Forefoot (16mm); includes 7mm average lug height

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow
  • Midfoot: Low to full volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Low
  • Shoe Shape: Curved


  • 1 Arrow Shoc-Zone provides minimal underfoot cushioning and a 3mm heel-to-toe drop. This is Inov8's 2nd lowest level of cushioning on their 0-4 arrow scale.
  • Injected EVA Foam for resilient cushioning with maximum memory retention.
  • Fascia Band running from the heel to the forefoot acts as a rigid lever arm, releasing energy with each step and propelling the runner forward.


  • X-Talon is an off-trail outsole built with an aggressive lug pattern. It is ideal for loose rock, grass, mixed terrain or mud. 
  • Sticky Rubber for optimal performance and maximized grip in wet conditions.
  • Meta-Flex groove is located at the forefoot to encourage natural forefoot flex during toe-off


  • Synthetic Mesh covers the upper for lightweight, breathable coverage.
  • DWR (durable water repellent) treated upper is water resistant and breathable.
  • TPU Lacing System uses TPU lacing supports for a strong, lightweight and secure fit.
  • Met-Cradle is a synthetic webbing upper that supports the forefoot and provide a secure fit.
  • 3mm Footbed for additional underfoot comfort.


  • Performance Last is a close fitting design for a snug fit and optimal performance.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: There are simply no better OCR race shoes on the market. Flat, fast, drain well, grip everything and take a beating. They will be my race shoe until they are no longer made.
From: Kevin, Bethel, CT, USA. March 18th 2015

Comments: Great shoe! I am glad to see that the new ones have reinforcement (plastic, rubber) on outside near little toe. The old red ones always ripped in that spot. I love the feel of these. They are a bit wider than the talon 212 and a whole lot more comfortable. the 212 is much narrower than the 190 for me.
From: Paul, Marquette, MI

Comments: Sadly had to order this shoe elsewhere as Running Warehouse doesn't seem to carry sizes equivalent to what the average women or youth runner wears (sizes 6.5 to 8). However, have worn the red version of this shoe for several years as have my kids. We have gone through perhaps 21 pairs of this shoe in the past 3 years. This new orange version out-of-the-box was narrower and had less volume through the toe. It did stretch out some with a few hours of wear, however they are still a bit narrower and definitely have less volume than the older version.
From: Anonymous

Comments: Robbie's comments are spot on.  The X-talon 190 is a fantastic race day shoe. My big test for these was the awesome Conestoga trail run in PA. The shoes provide unmatched grip and just the right amount of cushioning to run fast without fear of stepping on a rock or root the wrong way and crushing a metatarsal. Wet performance is excellent - the race had several stream crossings, even up to my knees, and the shoe drains immediately when you come out. No blisters, no problems from the first time you put them on.
The shoe feels like a comfortable slipper.  There are basically no control or support elements in the shoe which is also very flexible, so probably best for people already running in or transitioning to minimalist shoes.  To me, the only issue with some road running on these is concern for the life of the outsole lugs, not the runner.
For comparison, I run a lot in NB trail minimus on rocky trails where you can really hurt your foot if you land the wrong way on something 
sharp.  These have just enough cushioning (mainly from the lugs I think) that this is not a problem.
Lastly, note this is a completely different shoe from the x-talon 212, sharing only the outsole. These are cut very different and are 
thankfully wider in the toe box.  My regular size 12 in this shoe felt too roomy when I first put them on, however I gave it a try and had zero foot movement inside the shoe over some of the steepest and most technical trails around, so just enjoy the slipper-like feel of these!
From: Garth, Cary, NC, USA

Comments: Wow, what an awesome shoe!! After breaking toes on the trail in VFF's, I needed a minimalist shoe with a toe box. After a lot of research I picked the x talon 190's and it's been a great choice.  Here's why: Traction-Unmatched.  I ran a 16 mile trail race while it rained 2+ inches and I never slipped in the mud.  Of course dry terrain no issue at all.  The only time I've slipped is on bare wet rocks, but I have yet to see a shoe that grips on them. Comfort- basically the same comfort as VFF's, but with a toe box and tread. They are very minimalist, which is awesome if you're a minimalist runner. They are very flexible so you'll really get a feel of the trail, which also makes it very stable and sure-footed. I used to roll my ankles all the time, but haven't yet in these because of the flexible sole. Downsides - little ankle protection. I prefer my shoes like this but I know many people would not like that. And the only real downer is they are no good on pavement because of the thin sole and aggressive tread. Bottom-line - if you're a minimalist trail runner, buy these shoes!
From: Robbie, PA, USA